The grand Festival of Lights is popular all around the world. And these 10 destinations outside India celebrate Diwali in all its glory, making sure that you definitely don’t miss home! By Deepali Sharma
Diwali in Fiji Islands is celebrated with as much enthusiasm as India. Fiji has a declared National Holiday on the day of Diwali. The schools in Fiji Islands organise quizzes and rangoli making competitions to make the students aware of the significance of the Festival of Lights. The festival is celebrated with solidarity and warmth in the islands with people from different cultural backgrounds participating in the festivities.
The Indian crowd in Mauritius leaves no stone unturned to welcome the Goddess of wealth into their homes. The paradise island is lit with candles, earthen lamps, and electric lights illuminating the streets. The festivities are enjoyed during a span of five days.
In this mainly Islamic country, Diwali is celebrated with full aplomb. The local street shops are lined with traditional apparels, spices, religious essentials etc. Hindus in the country take the auspicious oil bath in the morning before going to the temple. It is also known as Hari Diwali in Malaysia; since fireworks and crackers are banned in the country, colorful rangolis and lights celebrate the spirit of Diwali. Something we totally endorse!
You can witness one of the grandest celebrations of Diwali in the island country of Australia. Diwali at Federation Square, Melbourne is zealously grand, to an extent that it is the largest Diwali celebration in Australia. With non-stop folk and Bollywood dance performances and stunning fireworks through the night, Australia’s Diwali will bedazzle you.
Little India in Singapore is the place if you want to see real Diwali fever outside India. This place in Singapore will blow your mind with all the festival extravaganzas. The alluring aroma of scented candles, giant elephants, vivid rangolis, and silver chariot procession carrying the Goddess is a spectacle to behold.
Trinidad and Tobago
The Caribbean islands celebrate Diwali with as much enthusiasm. Divali Nagar in Trinidad will give you some major international Diwali goals with its entertaining theatricals and classical dance performances depicting The Ramayana.
With a close connection with India, this island country celebrates Diwali with as much fervour as its neighbouring country. The large Tamil population celebrate all the traditions of Diwali and rejoice by lighting earthen lamps, and wearing new clothes and customary saris.
The celebration of Diwali in America has reached next level. From Disneyland, California to Times Square in NYC, the special celebrations of the five-day long festival has come a long way. There are exclusive performances in Times Square by Bollywood stars, and San Antonio, Texas has one of the country’s largest city-sponsored Diwali celebrations.
The UK, with a large desi community settled there, is no longer left behind in celebrating Diwali in all its glory. Celebrations in Birmingham need special mention. There special display of festive lights instead of fireworks.
With a large Indian population settled in Canada, Diwali is celebrated at a massive scale. Corporate dinners, Diwali parties and special guests from Bollywood are invited to the series of Diwali related events. And with Justin Trudeau lighting the lamp, we ain’t complaining!